Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'Wonder Woman' buries 'The Mummy' at box office

Following her spectacular debut last week, Wonder Woman has retained the top spot at the USA box office with an estimated $57 million.

According to many critics and the most important reason why The Mummy is suffering to win the hearts of audience is that the Wonder Woman is sweeping the audience off their feet.

The strong second-weekend turn-out helps to boost the domestic takings of the Patty Jenkins movie to $205 million (£161 million) to date.

"It's an extraordinary hold for an extraordinary film". Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted with an impressive $166.1 million last March, which turned out to be roughly half of its $330.3 million domestic take. I thought it really made for a fresh and modern take on it that really leads us in to this new universe. But it's not all bad news.

The film will earn an estimated $57.2 million this weekend.

Critics weren't kind to Cruise's The Mummy, with the film's Rotten Tomatoes rating now standing at a disastrous 17% fresh. Two Jack Reachers, Oblivion, Rock of Ages and the sorely underrated Edge of Tomorrow failed to make an impact at the United States box office.

Combining that with its domestic take, "The Mummy", budgeted at around $125 million (tack on another $90 million or so for marketing), earned Cruise his biggest global opening ever with $174 million, passing the $167.4 million earned for 2005's "War of the Worlds". The worldwide total is now at $600.2 million, with $161.2 million of that figure coming from China. As Universal tries to launch its Dark Universe of horror monsters, it's a lukewarm but promising start. We'll see where it goes from here.

Fox's PG animated superhero movie "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" landed in third place with an estimated 12.3 million dollars in its second weekend in North America. The budget was $38 million so if its worldwide rollout does well it should be profitable.

"Baywatch", $4.6 million ($10.7 million international). It sold a modest $6 million in tickets in its debut. That puts it on course for as high as $380 million in the USA and a money maker on a $200 million budget.

"It Comes at Night", $6 million.

Everything, Everything (US$1.6 million). Based-on-a-true-story drama Megan Leavey also struggled, pulling in only $3 million for a ninth place opening. Put it this way - The Scorpion King made $36 million on its opening weekend, and that was a spinoff of the Brendan Fraser series. The budget isn't known but even with minimal marketing, it will probably not make much if any money.

No other title managed $1 million over the weekend. Granted, my two young boys have a lot to do with that, but it actually looks like a nice turnaround for Pixar after CARS 2 and there's definitely a market for another movie about talking cars. China's "Haunted Graduation Photo" opened with $310,000.

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